Trying to escape a double team, Davis-Allen crumbled to the turf at the Alexandria private school untouched, his right leg broken. A two-way midfielder who plays on the wing on faceoffs, the University of Maryland recruit wouldn’t be cleared to run without limitation for four months.
“He really does the job of multiple kids for us,” said Coach Andy Taibl, whose team stumbled down the stretch last season only to bounce back and win the VISAA Division 1 title. “It took some time to wrap our heads around him showing up to practice in a cast.”
After a lengthy recovery, Davis-Allen returned to full strength in time for hockey season when he earned first-team all-conference honors in the MAPHL A Division. Now he’s back doing it all for the fifth-ranked Saints (10-5) on the lacrosse field.
Heading into Tuesday’s game at Woodberry Forest, the midfielder has 15 goals and seven assists, making an impact that transcends the stat sheet with his versatile play.
Taibl found a spot for the Davis-Allen as a short-stick defensive midfielder on the varsity squad during his freshman season and his role hasn’t stopped growing.
“We don’t ever chart it, but the kid’s got to play 35 or 40 minutes a game,” Taibl said. “We literally have to force him off the field sometimes because he wants to stay on until you sub him out.”
Watch Nick Plum’s video package on Davis-Allen to hear the midfielder explain why he picked the Terrapins and how he thinks the injury has made him a better lacrosse player.